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The staffing industry in the U.S. - statistics & facts

Staffing firms operate within the business services industry, finding workers for client companies. Unlike recruitment companies, staffing firms primarily deal with temporary and contract job positions, although not necessarily exclusively. Staffing firms find temporary employees to fill job positions for client companies which require staff for short term work assignments. These positions, which are usually for lower skilled jobs, have vacancies available for a variety of reasons, such as, maternity leave, short term projects or periods of high demand in the company. Despite the candidate working within a client company, they often remain an employee of the staffing agency. This is not the case in all positions, as the employee may go on to be hired permanently by the client company.

The global staffing industry generated 497 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. In that year, the United States' staffing and recruiting industry sales reached 161 billion U.S. dollars, 85 percent of which was generated in the temporary and contract employment sector. In the United States, temporary and contract employment totaled 16 million in 2019. Employment figures have been sporadic between 2000 and 2019, and so has the average length of temporary and contract assignments. The average lenght has risen overall since 2000, reaching 10.1 weeks in 2019, but decreased after the peak registered in 2013.

Despite the U.S. holding a large share of the global staffing industry, the largest staffing firm in the world is not American, it is the Dutch company Randstad. In 2019, the company’s revenue amounted to 23.68 billion euros (nearly 29 billion U.S. dollars), with the largest share of its business generated in the staffing and HR services segment. The largest U.S. company in the ranking is Manpower which generated close to 21 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2019.

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